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Creative’s new Zen Hybrid ANC headphones now available for pre-orders (updated)

By Liu Hongzuo - on 31 May 2022, 2:56pm

Creative’s new Zen Hybrid ANC headphones now available for pre-orders (updated)

This article was first published on 17 May 2022.

31 May 2022 update:  Creative revealed slightly more details about the headphones and brought forward its retail schedule with pre-order availability. See below for more information.

Creative Zen Hybrid.

As of 17 May 2022:

Homegrown consumer electronics brand Creative Technology Ltd is preparing to launch a brand-new pair of ANC headphones called the Creative Zen Hybrid. To mark its announcement, the brand is giving away 100 pairs of these new cans (worth S$149 each) through a fan-only raffle.

A hundred pieces of anything isn’t a small giveaway number for profit-minded consumer electronic companies. It’s hard to imagine other homegrown brands doing a similar giveaway for a new gaming chair or mechanical keyboard. But, here we are: you snooze, you lose!

To be a part of the lucky 100, head over to Creative’s specially-created landing page for the Creative Zen Hybrid, and scroll to the bottom of the page. There should be an e-mail field for interested participants to take part in the raffle. You can also register your interest for these headphones.

Creative Zen Hybrid.

As mentioned, the Zen Hybrid isn’t actually launched or announced yet, so details on what it offers is scarce. What we do know is that it’s an SXFI-ready device like many of Creative’s higher-end personal audio solutions. We also know it has “Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation” that cancels 95% of environment noise (per Creative’s claims), on top of Ambient Mode for commute safety.

There’s also a built-in noise-cancelling microphone for calls, has 40mm neodymium drivers tuned by Creative’s engineers, and offer 27 hours of playback (37 hours if ANC is disabled).

Stay tuned for more information about the Creative Zen Hybrid, slated for an 8 June 2022 launch.

31 May 2022 update: Creative Zen Hybrid is now available for pre-orders. It has an official retail price of S$149, and will start shipping out from 8 June 2022.

Besides the features mentioned above, the Zen Hybrid offers fast charging (five hours of playback with five minutes of charging), has a folding design with an included carrying pouch, and tactile control buttons located on the right earcup.

The "Hybrid ANC" employs feedforward and feedback microphones on both earcups to filter out unwanted noise, and is also instrumental to its Ambient Noise functionality for situational awareness. The cups also offer noise-cancelling microphones for noise-free calls.

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